Calatrava’s Twizzler Tower

Santiago Calatrava has substantially altered his proposal for a spiraling, 2,000-foot Chicago skyscraper. “With the needle-thin broadcast antenna gone and its airspace replaced by sellable condo space, this is practically a whole new building,” Blair Kamin writes. “At root, the question about the revised plan (which now stands at 160 stories rather than the 150 the developer announced last week) is this: Has Calatrava turned new functional and financial requirements to his advantage — or has he sold out the integrity of the original design?”

OJ’s Book Finds Buyers

OJ Simpson’s book may have been scrubbed by the publisher, but already-printed copies are leaking ou. “Two major online marketplaces for new and used books, and, removed listings for the book Friday after it was offered at prices up to $5,499. And eBay, the online auction site, has removed at least eight listings, the latest Tuesday. At least one early eBay listing went undetected, and the book sold for $50.”

The Eccentric Art Maven

Louise McBain has bought a number of art magazines. “Unlike other art-world players, who are at least occasionally spotted in galleries and museums, MacBain rarely goes to see art. She zips into art-world stops like Art Basel and the Venice Biennale on her private jet for press conferences about her new business plans and acquisitions, sometimes making speeches with autocues. As the art-media business loses money, it has become boring to her.”

Business Of The Bible

“The familiar observation that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time obscures a more startling fact: the Bible is the best-selling book of the year, every year. Calculating how many Bibles are sold in the United States is a virtually impossible task, but a conservative estimate is that in 2005 Americans purchased some twenty-five million Bibles–twice as many as the most recent Harry Potter book.”